KUCHING (October 8): Sarawak intends to bid on a world bodybuilding event to be held in the state in the future.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan said the issue has already been discussed with the Malaysian Bodybuilding Federation (MBBF) and Sarawak Bodybuilding Association (SBBA).
“We’re trying to bid for the world championship in the future and I think it’s good for Sarawak if we can bring the world championship here. It would stimulate the minds of bodybuilders in the state and further popularize the sport, ”he told reporters at Kuching International Airport today upon the return of national bodybuilders Buda Anchah and Dr Malvern Abdullah.
Snowdan was accompanied by Sarawak Youth and Sports Department Director Lamat Nyalau, Sarawak Sports Corporation Managing Director Dr Ong Kong Swee and SBBA Representative Philomena Dexclyn Siar.
“Buda and Malvern are the pride of Sarawak. We are very proud and happy because they are Sarawakans and they have faced the best of the best in the world championship.
“They brought home four silver medals from the 12th World Bodybuilding and Physical Sport Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Buda finishing second in the 70kg, Masters and Mixed Pair categories, while Malvern took silver in the 60kg test.
“This is not the first time that they have represented the country in international competitions and managed to bring back medals.
Every time they participated in the world championships, they would definitely bring something back (medals).
“Although their age is catching up, they are still very passionate about the sport and are very disciplined and committed to their training,” said Snowdan, who is a member of the Balai Ringin assembly.
The deputy minister said that, as usual, for every medal won, the state government would offer incentives, and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah would announce it later.
“I hope more bodybuilders carry on this legacy and earn Sarawak glory,” he added.
Regarding the development of bodybuilding in Sarawak, Snowdan said it was vital to train more young talent so that they can take over once the seniors retire.
“We need to have back-up bodybuilders and as gyms are now allowed to open we will be implementing development programs to produce more high caliber bodybuilders.
“As we have a lot of talent in the state, we plan to conduct development programs more intensively in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Buda and Malvern expressed their appreciation and gratitude to everyone who in some way helped them achieve their goals.
“This success is for all of Sarawak, and we are proud of it.
“Our training had been very difficult as we had to train at home as the gyms were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In fact, it was the most difficult year for us, but with the help of the state government, Datuk Abdul Karim, Datuk Snowdan and others, we were able to overcome all the odds of winning at the world championship, ”Buda said.